Fibromyalgia, a condition characterized by chronic widespread pain, as well as fatigue, and other symptoms, is a presumptive condition for VA service-connection for veterans who served in the Southwest Asia theater of operations since August 2, 1990.
Symptoms of small fiber neuropathy (or, Small Fiber Peripheral Neuropathy, or Small Fiber Polyneuropathy) are typically in the feet, lower legs, or hands, and can include buzzing, tingling, pain, burning, feeling hot, and redness. One medical research article cleverly described small fiber neuropathy as, "a burning problem."
A similar medical research study by Dr. Louise Oaklander in Boston, funded by the treatment-focused Gulf War Illness Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP), is checking for small fiber neuropathy in 1991 Gulf War veterans through a small skin biopsy. This study is still actively recruiting study subjects. If you're a veteran of the 1991 Gulf War, and you are suffering from Gulf War Illness issues or are healthy, you're urgently needed.
Dr. Oaklander's study also examines measures of autonomic nervous system functioning, which has been suggested by Dr. Robert Haley's research finding to be involved in Gulf War Illness for at least some ill Gulf War veterans.
Other Gulf War Illness research, including by Dr. Nancy Klimas in a study conducted at the Miami VA Medical Center, has found apparent differences between fibromyalgia and GWI. The results of Dr. Oaklander's CDMRP-funded study will be important to help determine whether, as in Fibroymyalgia, small fiber neuropathy may be an issue among Gulf War veterans with GWI.
Of potential interest to Gulf War veteran readers and their caregivers, I posted an article back in January 2010 about new testing available to diagnosed SFPN. (See article here) Small fiber neuropathy is generally undetectable by common neurology testing.
Gulf War Illness Small Fiber Polyneuropathy Study (Boston)
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